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Botany Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 05:18 PM
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Clean up Ohio's Elections vote yes on Issues 2, 3, 4, & 5
Talk to your friends and neighbors we can stop the corruption on all
sides.

Issue 2 = vote by mail
Issue 3 = stop big money
Issue 4 = Stop Gerrymandering districts make ALL races more competitive
and make people's vote count once again
Issue 5 = No more Ken Blackwells

www.ReformOhioNow.org

Pissed off by what happened last fall? This our chance to change things.
Repugs are going to pull out all stops to beat these Issues .....
Scare tactics and wedge Issues ....... "They" already have millions to keep
the same corrupt game going.

We have to win big because a close election = a stolen election.
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tompayne1 Donating Member (346 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 05:20 PM
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1. Ohio was Stolen!!?!?!?
Mercy me i thought W won fair and square.
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DemReadingDU Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 05:56 PM
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2. watch this TV ad
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MeDeMax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-02-05 07:55 AM
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3. thnx for posting this info
I was planning to compile a post, your post is far more succinct than anything I would have composed :-)




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Blue for Ohio Donating Member (18 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-03-05 10:06 AM
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4. Editorial I'd like feedback on...
Edited on Mon Oct-03-05 10:16 AM by Blue for Ohio
Hi, I'm new at posting here at DU. Perhaps this isn't where I should put this editorial (below), but I'm in a hurry to send it to my local paper and I was wondering if anyone could give me a bit of feedback. I know it seems long, but the letter that I'm responding to was even longer so I don't think length is an issue. My teenage daughter read it and thought it made the situation in Ohio sound too scary. She suggested I lighten it up a bit. But it's such a serious matter and I don't know how to lighten it up! Thoughts anybody? Thanks!
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This is in reply to Mr. Jerry Bunn's September 29th letter "Send Our Troops Home." Mr. Bunn wrote an excellent piece, but one point that I'd like to discuss is from his last paragraph where he asks "Ohio, what were you thinking?" in giving Bush a second term.

It probably wasn't the fault of Ohio voters. Most of the blame should be placed directly with Kenneth Blackwell, Secretary of State, for disenfranchising Ohio voters, as well as the mainstream media for not bringing his unscrupulous actions to the public eye for close scrutiny.

During the 2004 election, Ohioans' constitutionally guaranteed rights were extensively and systematically violated on a scale so grand that the election most likely swung in favor of Bush as a result of malfeasance (ie: extensive voter registration card purges, so-called "spoiled" ballots and machine tampering, voter intimidation/suppression, etc.) and corruption (interference with the election process and abuse of authority).

Some examples:

As Secretary of State, Blackwell's duties include the position of Chief Elections Officer, overseeing the elections process in Ohio. However, he took on another job that was highly suspect and a direct conflict of interest--his position as co-chair of the Committee to Re-elect George Bush in Ohio.

Prior to the election, Blackwell's office failed to process voter registrations, while at the same time improperly purging many, which likely disenfranchised tens of thousands of voters statewide.

He sent out an illegal fundraising letter that solicited corporate contributions.

In one precinct voters were still lined up waiting to vote at 3AM! Protests had been made-before election day-about how the number of voting machines assigned to that precinct was insufficient. Blackwell wouldn't assign more than 2 voting machines, and one of those even broke down! But do you think he cared?

Blackwell also placed arbitrary and unreasonable exclusionary procedures in provisional ballot counting.

The examples above (and more) are well documented in Johns Conyers' Report on the 2004 Presidential Election entitled "What Went Wrong in Ohio."

We can't allow another fiasco in the next national election, so on November 8th vote YES on the Reform Ohio Now initiatives (http://www.reformohionow.org /) which will be on the ballot as Issues 2, 3, 4, and 5:

* Issue 2: Makes it easier to vote by allowing all Ohioans to vote by mail.
* Issue 3: Helps stop the influence of big money in elections by reducing campaign contributions.
* Issue 4: Prevents politicians from drawing their own legislative districts and puts an Independent Commission in charge of this process.
* Issue 5: Ensures the Board of Supervisors in charge of Ohio's elections will be bi-partisan--rather than one partisan official who backs candidates and takes sides in elections.

The leadership in Ohio is engulfed by scandal and is being led by a convicted governor who has a 15% approval rating.

Voting YES on these issues will give Ohioans the reforms needed to reclaim our state from the politicians who've failed us.
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(edited weird font characters out)
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west5548 Donating Member (53 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-05-05 08:43 PM
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5. Make Ohio great Again!!
I can't stress how important it is to get these issues passed, for too long this state has gone off track with Republican leadership and it has to stop and this is the first step in that happening. Blue for Ohio: I think your column is great and though there are never enough words to describe the Republican party and the show that goes on here it will do. They may want it shortened for printing reasons, but I would see what they say. Thanks for your work in spreading the word about RON!!!!!!!
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Blue for Ohio Donating Member (18 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-06-05 08:26 AM
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6. Thanks for replying!
:hi: It looks like we're both new here. :toast:

I went ahead and sent in the letter to the editor and they already emailed back and said it would be published in next week's edition (the paper is only published once weekly). They also requested a link (although I gave them 2) to back up what I said about Blackwell sending out an illegal fundraising letter. They hadn't heard of that happening (no surprise).

And as for the length, they apparently don't care how long the editorial letters are, because in this week's issue they published one that was about 1000 words (mine was less than 500). That letter was from a right wingnut going on and on (and on and on) about how we should support everything the idiot-in-chief says/does. :puke:

Thanks again for the feedback. I'm planning to get my RON yard signs today, because it IS crucial to get those issues passed!

Blue
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west5548 Donating Member (53 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-06-05 06:02 PM
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8. No Problem Blue for Ohio
Edited on Thu Oct-06-05 06:02 PM by west5548
Is this a publication available online? I believe we'd all like to see it. I am sort of new here, I've been taking alot of classes, but haven't had much time hop on here. Keep passing the word on about RON and keep up the great work!!! There is also www.growohio.org which is a new grassroots website for Ohioans sick of this Red State, giving us some great information on what is going on here.
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Blue for Ohio Donating Member (18 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-06-05 06:55 PM
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9. No online publication...
It's a small-town newspaper (circ 1150), and they're not techno-savvy yet. :shrug:

Thanks for the link to growohio.org. I'll check that out because I am definitely sick of the red stains on our pretty state.

Blue
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Kukesa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-11-05 07:42 AM
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16. Welcome to DU, West. n/t
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OzarkDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-08-05 01:23 PM
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11. Go for it!
Excellent writing. Send it to all the papers. Let us know how it goes.
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Kukesa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-11-05 07:41 AM
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15. Good letter; send it --and welcome to DU! n/t
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newyawker99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-14-05 11:37 AM
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18. Hi Blue for Ohio!!
Welcome to DU!! :toast:
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DemReadingDU Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-06-05 09:53 AM
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7. another TV commercial
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pro_blue_guy Donating Member (286 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-07-05 06:27 PM
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10. It's about time!
I'm voting NO on Issue 1 and YES on Issues 2, 3, 4, and 5!
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ohtransplant Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-08-05 03:25 PM
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12. They're still looking for volunteers throughout Ohio
These initiatives need all the help we can give them.

Reform Ohio Now is working with America Votes and others to mobilize volunteers.

Check out the link

http://www.americavotes.org/states.cfm?ave_state=OH&mg=...

I went to one this morning in Columbus. It was very informative.
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Botany Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-10-05 10:27 AM
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13. Just kick this thread
:kick:
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ohtransplant Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-10-05 10:08 PM
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14. Kick!
:kick:
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ohtransplant Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-12-05 11:41 PM
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17. Really blatant Kick
:kick:
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Algorem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-14-05 12:44 PM
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19. kick
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ohtransplant Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-17-05 09:21 AM
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20. Kick! n/t
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DemReadingDU Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-26-05 09:49 PM
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21. another TV ad!
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ohtransplant Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-05 12:27 AM
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22. Interesting url for their web site
The ad says "Citizens against corruption"

I saw this add on the TeeVee this evening and thought is was very effective in combating the negative ad.

I hope these pass but there's work to be done. All who are interested can volunteer at the RON site mentioned up-thread.
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